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Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 12:52
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News Comments > Gaming Treadmill Preorders
3. Re: Gaming Treadmill Preorders Aug 10, 2013, 15:18 RenownWolf
I am really looking forward to these, assuming they do a decent job with build quality.

Going to be great for staying fit, and having a good time. I might even buy 2 just to invite my friends over to do battle. The shoes part will make things interesting though, maybe they can do some sort of adapter for attaching to regular shoes... which I am sure they are already considering.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 10, 2013, 08:17 RenownWolf
It is interesting that ASUS is dropping the RT tablets. I recently purchased a Vivo Smart Tab with the full Windows 8 on it for the in laws and it suits them perfectly. It uses all their old software and they don't mind the tabs on a tablet.

The specs are a bit low... but for the price is was decent, and when hooked upto a bluetooth mouse + keyboard it's just another PC.

The RT versions of things however, not so great. You can't just install normal windows software.. you're stuck with what is in their app store (there are some workarounds, but not really worth it). They are really a late to the market iPad/Nexus.

Glad Asus have noticed and ditched it, now if only MS realised the same thing...
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 8, 2013, 14:36 RenownWolf
Seems like the Wii U needs to ditch the controller, and just start selling them cheaper with the Wii controller and a normal gamepad. Then worry about making their new games (the system sellers, mario etc..).

I doubt they will, the idea was novel but in reality it doesn't appear people want it.

Be smart Nintendo! Drop the fake tablet, release some normal controllers, and do the best with the hardware you have while making a profit. It is the smart business decision.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 1, 2013, 09:51 RenownWolf
The 600% number is just out of nowhere, but, it is possible for AI to be improved simply by offloading processing of previous races against thousands of players to the servers.

Just means they get to externally crunch mass amounts of data to improve the AI, then send the information back to the console. It's not going to be amazing, but the AI will learn from many players at once, and share its data.

Then again, it all depends how they use the data =)
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Buys Back Stock
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Buys Back Stock Jul 26, 2013, 09:46 RenownWolf
Tencent Holdings sure is out there getting their hands into the gaming companies. Epic games and Riot already being heavily invested by them.

Be interesting to watch them over time, especially when they expect returns.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
9. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jun 30, 2013, 05:59 RenownWolf
Hopefully it will improve things for the big pipes, the consumer end is still all over the place world wide.

Australia has its NBN fibre network going in at the moment, but its slow to roll out and it's being run by the government. Which means at any time the politicians decide they don't want to they will stop rolling it out (we have a election coming up and this is a point of issue).

At the moment I'm on a top tier plan of $100aud (I don't pay this, I have a discount) for 500gig cap (up and down counted) at speeds of 100mbit down 2.4mbit up. The NBN ranges depending on company and their uploads/caps are much better but not in my area.

To think when I was younger I always wanted a faster connection, and now world wide I have a very good connection. Problem now is most content provides can't keep up. Annoys me to no end when a 1080p stream lags from one provider, yet I can have 10 open from another.

So with that in mind, not only do the consumer ends need to keep pace, but so does the content side. Hopefully newer techs such as that one helps them get some nice phat pipes up and running =)

Edit: NBN Fibre network, although a NBN Fire network could be interesting

This comment was edited on Jun 30, 2013, 06:07.
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News Comments > Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PCs
29. Re: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PCs May 17, 2013, 20:59 RenownWolf
Mmmm.... the people I expected to reply with a huff and puff did. Fun for a tease sometimes =)

Would love to see their new pack with all the MGS games and this come to PC at once.
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News Comments > Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PCs
6. Re: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PCs May 17, 2013, 09:54 RenownWolf
How dare they make a new word... like books. How dare they!

Serious sometimes the things you guys nitpick about is just a bit... sad =(
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation May 11, 2013, 15:19 RenownWolf
There is a post on reddit about the fact the are getting the "leaked" image from some kid who made it for a joke.

It started on the smaller sites, and now the big ones are reporting it. They have all mostly added a Update stating that it's a mockup by some random but it was amusing to watch it blow up into "This is news!!"
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Apr 23, 2013, 11:11 RenownWolf
What the hell is a zinester... even my spell check says that it isn't a word.

Let's make up words to give ourselves a label and make ourselves relevant. Yay! Hey wait, it appears to come from that "woman" who can't research very well and gave herself another label as a "pop-culture critic".

I'll leave the academics to the labels and just enjoy the games (what I decide is a game).
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Apr 20, 2013, 14:53 RenownWolf
Here in Oz (damned wizards) we can now get our naughty games... well some. It's a slow process and many have to be reclassified so that will take awhile. Even then, many won't bother as their games will be too old.

My Left 4 Dead 2 is still bloodless =( But at least I can get the new Mortal Kombat.... =\
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
7. Re: Sunday Consolidation Mar 25, 2013, 05:32 RenownWolf
They also managed to get the original voice actor for Scrooge McDuck. The fella is 94 now and still rocking it.

I am looking forward to this like crazy, the videos even look good for it =D
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jan 29, 2013, 00:23 RenownWolf
Well that's all your history gone to crap.

That was boring... and that's coming from having no power for 48 hours in a flood zone.

Then if you read the youtube comment from the new guy he sounds like an ass.

Pass on this if you liked watching all your history. It's that bad =(
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News Comments > New Wildman Video; Tiers
5. Re: New Wildman Video; Tiers Jan 27, 2013, 17:26 RenownWolf
Somebody mentioned he reads things, I'm not interested in the game from a gameplay pov.

However, from a marketing perspective he really should play up the dinosaur part. That concept looks cool and should be shown as a reach goal to have a playable dinosaur humanoid character.

People love dinosaurs and they sell.

Would love to see them succeed just because of his previous games.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 21, 2013, 10:56 RenownWolf
From the looks of the specs PS4 coding will likely be similar to developing for a PC using opengl, as their current API is really similar to opengl as it is.

Xbox will naturally be more liken to directx (a subset no doubt, with some hardware specific addons).

So really it will be not far off making a game that supports Mac, Linux and Windows. Hopefully that is what will happen meaning it'll take less time for developers to get their games out and start learning to take full advantage of the system (with the hope of it leading back to PC aswell).

The memory part is here nor there, Sony has chosen faster ram, but less of it, while MS has gone with more but slower. It will really come down to transfer rates than the size of the ram. Console devs are already very good at streaming the data they need when they need it.

I remember learning about how they would position the data on their discs for the PSX to get the best loading times. While the bad games that didn't optimize it would have shitty load times.
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News Comments > Rob Pardo on Jay Wilson and Diablo III
12. Re: Rob Pardo on Jay Wilson and Diablo III Jan 19, 2013, 20:01 RenownWolf
It is rather interesting that Starcraft 2 can have offline play but no Diablo 3. That has to be one of those things that tick people off.

Then again, SC2 has no LAN and they cop rage every time there is a issue at a major tournament.

Listening but also dismissing what is said. Unfortunate they are slowly turning themselves into the bad guy. What's that old quote? Live long enough to see yourself become the bad guy or something.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 10, 2013, 06:55 RenownWolf
Beamer I disagree HTPCs are closer to what the steam box will most likely be. Difference I see is that they will all have the same (or close to) CPU/Video setups to keep that part consistent.

Imagine they release 2 versions, the normal package which runs the majority of games at med-high settings, then a second top tier which runs them at the high-ultra levels. Assuming you only had to support 2 CPUs (both same manufacturer), 2 GPUs (same as cpu), same motherboard/audio you could just have a steambox update monthly (or whatever period that suits) which would make it idiot proof.

And since they are doing the updates and distributing them themselves they can check if the drivers work with the games before release, or force a rollback if required.

If they could also get netflix/hulu/media company to add their stuff to it, then add all the computer software that they find compatible, sure you can uses whatever, but this way they have a short list of what is safe to use, and as we know people will generally use what they are told.

This is why I think steam wanted to start working with selling software too. Plus they control what products go there, and then they can on boot show off ads for the new software. Really they don't have to spend heaps on R&D the best they can do is use their market power (ie buying millions of units) to get the cpu/gpu/audio/ram combo down to cheap and box it up. I believe the Xi3 stuff is simply their way to test the market, and see if it is feasible.

These guys are damn smart if they are going that way, and I look forward to it. If they can get it on the same level as a console but with the power of a pc they will make people happy. Why have a locked down console when you have choices, you can even Skype to grandma with her pc while you sit on the couch.

I can see this as a better way to get into the living room, and worry about making game/software sales. The hardware business is nothing more than a vehicle to get there.

Heck, they make it look like the Xi3 I can unplug goto a friends place, find a spare screen (most middleclass houses these days have multiple screens with HDMI or similar connections) and just get into gaming.

Finally if they could license something similar to the keyboard/mouse combo that the phantom console turned into (google it) then they could even put me on the couch playing an RTS.

Lots of ifs and maybes, but damn it could be good. They really just need to work on the manufacturing costs and distribution. I hope Xi3 is a great test pilot for them. Cutting out the cost of the OS will save them bundles that can be gained as profit. Heck breaking even on the Steambox would be a great strategy just because they are getting their store in front of more eyes, and people already love it.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 19, 2012, 17:31 RenownWolf
I speculate that your post has made a valid point.

Holy crap! You just doubled in value!!!

Tomorrow you might make a post about something that isn't interesting...

Oh no! You've dropped to 5% value! What are you doing HorrorScope!

Unfortunately for most business it's all about the Quarters and Yearly reports not long term sustainable (see profitable) business.
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News Comments > Free Duke Nukem 3D Kicks Off Sale
19. Re: Free Duke Nukem 3D Kicks Off Sale Dec 12, 2012, 16:46 RenownWolf
Give this a go jdreyer. It's not the single player version, but feels nicer.

Otherwise for a online version of the single player but without updates.

Glad this popped up, I've been pulling out the classics lately, especially the older FPS games. Amazing what people have taken the time to update to run on new harder with minor tweaks for controls or games that still work as they are.

Playing Warcraft Orcs and Humans in dos box at the moment... it's so much harder than the later ones. Only 4 unit selection, no selection box and no hot keys! Madness!
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News Comments > AMD for Sale?
2. Re: AMD for Sale? Nov 13, 2012, 22:12 RenownWolf
Would love to see Intel buy up the ATI division and then work on what AMD has started with the lower power options.

That way they could then profitably support the high end divisions R&D. Though, I don't know if intel is a great choice for driver support though =(
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